1986 – Platoon
There are A LOT of great Vietnam War movies, but Platoon is the best, in my opinion. This is also my favorite directorial effort from Oliver Stone.
1987 – RoboCop
I revisited this again recently, and was impressed at how well it holds up today. RoboCop has it all: humor, biting satire, and violence. And how can you not like a movie that has Red Forman as the main villain??
1988 – Die Hard
I still think this is the greatest action movie of all time. Bruce Willis vs. Alan Rickman is something that cannot be topped.
1989 – Field of Dreams
One of my favorite movies as a kid. I remember getting a free VHS of this from McDonald’s, and it was one that I watched many times back in the day. It has been years since I have seen it, so a new viewing may be in order…
1990 – Troll 2
If I were to select what I think is the best movie from 1990, I would go with Goodfellas. But for pure entertainment value, you cannot beat Troll 2. This is so bad yet so, so good.
1991 – Delicatessen
It’s hard to pass over Terminator 2 and The Silence of the Lambs, but I got the most enjoyment out of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s first full-length film. Such a great black comedy, and how can you not love the rhythmic sex scene?
1992 – Reservoir Dogs
One hell of a debut from Quentin Tarantino. I still can’t listen to “Stuck In The Middle With You” without thinking of the gruesome ear scene.
1993 – Dazed and Confused
Richard Linklater’s homage to growing up in the 70’s. Such a fun movie, and it never gets old (much like high school girls, as Wooderson would say).
1994 – Pulp Fiction
One of the most quotable movies of all time with a fantastic script, an amazing cast and some unforgettable characters. I really need to write a review for this bad boy, it’s been one of my favorites for years. Tarantino will never be able to top this.
1995 – Toy Story
Another movie from my youth that I am still fond of today. While it could be argued that the sequels are better, I am more attached to the original. I even had the old black-and-white GameBoy game.
1996 – Trainspotting
Who knew a movie about a bunch of lowlife heroin junkies could be so good? I will never forget the damned baby on the ceiling..
1997 – The Ice Storm
Ang Lee has made some great movies, but I think The Ice Storm is still my favorite. It’s a bit of a downer, but still utterly enthralling. Plus this movie has the distinction of teaching me about key parties.
1998 – Saving Private Ryan
One of the best war movies ever made, hands down. Still can’t believe it didn’t win Best Picture.
1999 – Office Space
I have watched this countless times and still can’t get enough of it. One of the funniest movies ever made. I still want to go postal on office equipment because of this.
2000 – Almost Famous
Cameron Crowe lived the dream of every music-loving teenager, and this movie still makes me wonder “what if.” Just a fun movie from beginning to end, and it has one of my favorite music scenes ever.
2001 – Amélie
I just watched this for the first time a few months ago, and I loved it. I had considered some other titles for this year, but I found Amélie to be the most enjoyable. Another great movie from Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
2002 – City of God
This is an amazing portrayal of young kids growing up in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, and it happens to be one of the first foreign movies I absolutely fell in love with.
2003 – Lost In Translation
Arguably Bill Murray’s finest performance to date, this movie struck a chord with me the first time I watched it and it still resonates with me today.
2004 – Napoleon Dynamite
This was our go-to movie in college. I couldn’t even tell you how many times I have seen this, and it was hilarious every time. Definitely an acquired taste though.
2005 – Capote
I watched this right after I read In Cold Blood for the first time. An excellent movie with a masterful performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman.
2006 – Little Miss Sunshine
Quirky indie comedy with a stellar cast and a number of entertaining characters. Funniest movie of the year, no doubt.
2007 – City of Men
The sequel to 2002’s City of God, and one that has been underrated by many. A lot of people don’t think it’s as good as its predecessor, but both are tremendous works of art in my eyes.
2008 – The Wrestler
I grew up watching pro wrestling as a kid, and although I can’t stomach watching it these days, I still have fond memories of the profession. The Wrestler is basically the story of any number of my childhood heroes, most of whom are either dead or slumming it up on the independent circuit. It’s sad to see so many of them deteriorate over time and attempt to hold onto their legacy, even when their bodies are telling them to hang up the boots.
2009 – Crazy Heart
A bit similar to The Wrestler, but with an incredible performance from Jeff Bridges and a great soundtrack to boot. I normally can’t stand country music, but I was impressed with how much I liked this soundtrack.
2010 – The Social Network
The movie about Facebook that was far better than I could have ever imagined. Fincher + Sorkin + Reznor/Ross = success.
So there you have it, my life in movies! Be sure to check out the others who have participated in this blogathon over at Fandango Groovers.